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Published April 19 2014

Honors and officers (April 19)

Distinguished service award goes to Ishaug

Bill Ishaug, campus events supervisor at Concordia College, has received the Ole and Lucy Flaat Distinguished Service Award for Support Staff from the college.

The award recognizes excellence in long-term service to the college by a member of the support staff. The recipient must be both outstanding in their professional role and a person who is committed to the mission and goals of Concordia.


Wallwork Financial named a top lender

Wallwork Financial, Fargo, is included in the 2014 Monitor Top Private Independents list. The Monitor is the equipment finance industry’s leading source for news, directories, resources and rankings.

Wallwork ranked No. 13 in the nation with

$128.2 million in new business in 2013 and No. 5 for volume/productivity per employee.

Steve Lausch is general manager of Wallwork Financial.


Baker to serve on Kenworth parts council

Paul Baker, parts manager at Wallwork Truck Center, Fargo, has been elected to serve on the Kenworth Dealer Parts Council. The council consists of parts managers from Kenworth dealerships across the United States and Canada.

Baker has served on nine dealer parts councils in his 16 years as parts manager for Wallwork Truck Center.


CCRI board welcomes three new members

CCRI has elected Babs Coler, Philip Baumann and Scott Mason to its board of directors.

Coler is the community manager at Globe University. A 2012 graduate of the University of Mary with a master’s degree in business administration, Coler also has 15 years of corporate experience from her tenure at Microsoft as community affairs manager.

Baumann is professor of political science and co-director of the Public Affairs Institute at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He has more than 20 years of experience consulting with regional government agencies and nonprofit organizations on survey research, program evaluation, feasibility studies and strategic planning.

Mason is a concrete foreman for K&L Construction, Moorhead, where he has worked for over 20 years. He has served on the Barnesville City Council and is a former volunteer EMT.


NDSU choral profs named guest editors

Charlette Moe and Michael Weber, members of the choral department of the North Dakota State University School of Music, were named guest editors for the March 2014 issue of Choral Journal, the official publication of the American Choral Directors Association.

The issue is devoted to publications stemming from the 2013 Choral Music of the Americas Symposium, which was hosted by the NDSU School of Music and ACDA.

Moe is the assistant director of choral activities at NDSU and is also coordinator for the master’s of music in music education degree. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and conducts Cantemus (the women’s choir) and the University Chamber Singers.

Weber is the associate director of choral activities at NDSU. He conducts the Madrigal Singers, the Statesmen of NDSU and teaches classes in choral conducting, choral literature and music education.


Grinnell Mutual honors insurance agencies

First International Insurance, Fargo, and Insure Forward have been named to the 2014 Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. President’s Club.

Insure Forward has offices throughout North Dakota, including Carrington, Cooperstown, Fargo, Grand Forks, Hannaford, Jamestown, New Rockford and Valley City.

The agencies rank among the company’s top 50 agencies and 12 farm mutual companies for outstanding achievement in the insurance profession and for superior performance.

President’s Club members provide insight on key insurance and business issues to Grinnell Mutual.


Bierdeman earns sixth MDRT membership

For the sixth time, Mark R. Bierdeman, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, Fargo, has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals.

Membership is based on client service, adherence to a code of ethics, professionalism and involvement in at least one other industry association.


American Express honors Bursch Travel

American Express Travel has honored Bursch Travel with one of its Representative Excellence Awards for 2013. Bursch Travel operates offices throughout the Midwest, including an office in Fargo.

The award honors 25 agency members of American Express Travel’s representative network with the distinction to honor their achievements that have driven superior results and exceeded key business goals.

As a 2013 award recipient, Bursch Travel will be celebrated during a five-night/six-day trip to Marrakech, Morocco.


Park Co. named to RISMEDIA Top 500

Park Co. Realtors of Fargo has been named to RISMEDIA Top 500 Power Broker Report, an annual research report ranking the top 500 brokerages in the U.S. in closed transaction sides and closed sales volume.

Park Co. ranked 417 in closed transaction sides and 490 in closed sales volume and was the only North Dakota real estate company identified in the report.


Beau Flom named Rookie of the Year

Beau Flom, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Roers Realty, Fargo, has been named the 2013 Rookie of the Year at the agency.


Re/Max Legacy agents recognized with awards

Several agents from RE/MAX Legacy Realty in Fargo have achieved the Executive Award for sales accomplishment in 2013. The agents are: Gary Gonser, Morris Pyle, Holly Smith, Kim Sorenson and Renee Thompson.

Smith, Sorenson and Thompson are new members to this outstanding achievement award.


Anderson, Searls earn awards from Prudential

Sabrina Anderson was named to the President’s Circle for 2013 by Prudential Real Estate, and Rod Searls has received the Pinnacle Award for commercial gross commission income for 2013.

Both are agents with Prudential Premier Real Estate, Fargo.

The President’s Circle award recognizes the network’s top 3 percent of residential sales professionals and the Pinnacle Award recognizes the top five leading sales professionals and teams who have attained the highest commercial GCI in the Prudential Real Estate network. Searls was ranked No. 5.


McCann-Koerselman honored for sales

Patrice McCann-Koerselman, Horace, N.D., a representative of Modern Woodmen of America, has been named to Modern Woodmen’s President’s Club.

The distinction recognizes McCann-Koerselman’s achievements in life insurance sales among the organization’s representatives nationwide.


Wade Borth earns membership in MDRT

Wade Borth, Frontier, N.D., has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial representatives.

Borth is a one-year member of MDRT, which recognizes financial services professionals who adhere to a code of ethics, provide excellent customer service and are involved in other industry associations.


ND communications contest winners named

The North Dakota Professional Communicators Communications Contest winners have been announced.

Awards for print media, photography, advertising, writing for and development of the web, promotion, public relations, marketing, speeches and books went to 24 members of NDPC.

The winners included (all from Fargo unless noted): Jane Ahlin, one second place; Betsy Beaton, one honorable mention; Francie Berg, Hettinger, one second; Carrie Carney, two firsts; Ellen Crawford, six firsts, three seconds and one third place; Deborah Dragseth, Sturgis, S.D., one first, one second; Sarah Hoffbeck, Fergus Falls, Minn., two firsts, one second, two HMs; Merrie Sue Holtan, Perham, Minn., two firsts, two thirds; Becky Koch, four firsts, one second; Carla Isom, Argusville, N.D., one first; Catherine Jelsing, Rugby, N.D., one first, one second; Pamela Knudson, Grand Forks, one second, one third, two HMs; Jeanine Larson, West Fargo, three firsts, three seconds, two thirds, one HM; Delores Pavicic, one first; Denise Pinkney, four firsts, two seconds; Carol Renner, two firsts, one second; Linda Sailer, Dickinson, N.D., eight firsts, two seconds, one third, one HM; Roxane B. Salonen, three firsts, one second, one third, two HM; Ryan Schuster, one second, one third; Daron Selvig, one first, four seconds; Karen Stensrud, five firsts, one second; Heather Syverson, one first; and Jo Ann Winistorfer, Hazen, N.D., one first, one second, one third, one HM.

Sweepstakes winners were: Sailer, 65 points; Crawford, 45 points; and Larson, 35 points.

Larson was named the Communicator of Achievement, which is presented annually to a member of the NDPC and the National Federation of Press Women who has distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession. She will now compete at the national level at the NFPW conference in September in Greenville, S.C.

Forty-five first-place awards were also forwarded to the NFPW contest.